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Pat Burns funeral set for this afternoon

Pat Burns; Michel Bergeron

Former Natonal Hockey League head coach Pat Burns, right, gets a hug, from former Quebec Nordiques coach Michel Bergeron at the announcing of a new arena to be named after Burns on Friday, March 26, 2010, in Stanstead, Quebec. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)


The hockey world lost one of its great coaches on November 19 when Pat Burns finally died after a long battle with cancer. We can spend hours debating whether or not the Hockey Hall of Fame dropped the ball when they failed to induct him before he died (I was in favor of them inducting him while he could enjoy it), but that’s a discussion for another day.

Today is instead the day that the hockey world will truly say goodbye to Burns. TSN reports that Burns’ funeral will take place this afternoon at a location close to the Bell Centre, home of the Montreal Canadiens (one of the three teams Burns coached well enough to earn the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year).

Many people associated with the game will be in attendance, including the entire New Jersey Devils roster, according to TSN.

Burns was 58 years old when he passed away. He is survived by his wife Line and their two children Jason and Maureen.